Pastoral Support in Education

Splendid Speakers


Lucinda Powell


Lucinda qualified as a teacher in 2002 and taught psychology until 2017.  She has a degree in Philosophy and Psychology and an MA in Special and Inclusive Education.  Since September 2017 she has been working as a Education Consultant in mental health and wellbeing.  As well as presenting at numerous conferences and running staff training in schools, she works closely with the AnDY Clinic at Reading University, as a coach on the School Mental Health Award at the Carnegie School of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, Pixel Learning and leads the Oxfordshire Schools mental health and wellbeing network.  As a mother of 3 boys, the eldest (16) of whom has ADHD & ASC and youngest (12) of whom is severely dyslexic, she has plenty of personal experience of supporting young people through their school career.

Hope Virgo, 28, from south London, used the NHS when she was 16 to help her deal with anorexia.

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Hope Virgo


Hope Virgo is the author of Stand Tall Little Girl and a multi-award-winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues. Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News. Hope’s harrowing but inspiring story will help millions across the country.

Hope runs sessions on mental health, eating disorders, body image and wellbeing for students, parents, carers and staff. You will leave these sessions with practical tips and advice, confidence in spotting the signs as well as feeling able to manage your wellbeing.

Raising Awareness and enabling our future generation to talk openlyThis 1-hour workshop on eating disorders, mental health, spotting the signs and supporting one another will equip your young people with increased confidence to talk about their mental health. Hope Virgo has a proven track record of getting young people to open up (including those who have never done so before). Please note this session can be run for year 5s – Upper 6th with varied content.

Parent / Carer TalkHope will share her harrowing but inspiring story. She will talk openly about her relationship with her parents and share research into the issues parents often face when it comes to supporting their children. You will leave this session with an understanding of eating disorders and mental health. You will know the do’s and don’ts of what to say to others and be able to support those you care about much better.